Little Lion Part 4

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Little lion wakes up next to me every morning. His little body curls into mine just like the day he was born. I still remember that day. How I carried him to my bed, an hour old. How he tucked himself into the crook of my arm. It was like we’d known each other for a lifetime. I knew how to carry him. He knew how to fit. Four years later and Continue Reading

Motherhood and The Hardship Competition

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It’s no secret that being a mother can be tough. We’re all trying to nurture our children and do the best we can. Often the conditions are not ideal. It can be lonely, unrelenting and heartbreaking. (It can also be joyful, rewarding and rock you to the core... but more of that later). In my time of being a mother I have received a tonne of Continue Reading

The Sinking of the Mother Ship

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I’m about to have surgery tomorrow. I’m nervous. Unspeakably nervous. It’s a sinus operation. Fairly routine. But with all surgeries there are risks. And the recovery from this surgery is not pretty. I'm trying to think positive thoughts, but my overactive imagination is working back to back shifts. With my history of medical procedures you’d Continue Reading

Follow The Road

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Follow the road to where it catches the crisp curve of morning, easing to the right. Turn down the narrow lane, fumbling over gumnuts through the veil of dizzy jasmine. At the brink of the creek, take the widening path, past the old sad willow crying at the foot of the hill of praise. There you will find a holy breath in time. Where your heart Continue Reading

Pluto

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For a year or two now my girl and I have been doing the "I love you all the way to the moon..." thing. You know, the tender bedtime whisper or the exuberant cuddly squeeze. Though very soon it was clear the moon was not enough, so we branched out to the planets. We got further and further out, until eventually we ran out of planets. What do you Continue Reading

Little Lion Part 3

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If he was born a girl, his middle name would have been Honey. But he wasn’t a girl, he was boy. A boy with the look of an ancient soul. He was beautiful. And he arrived into the world roaring like a lion. He roared for a year. Then he bounced and leapt for another. He was so quick, and I was slow. Catching and holding the little lion wrung me Continue Reading

Early Morning

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Early morning. His tiny hand finds mine across the bed. He holds it gently. "Mama". I'd like more sleep, but we get up. Just me and him. Taking little steps downstairs. He hops on to my lap and cuddles in. I plunge my nose into his snowy hair and breathe it all in. He asks for milk, and he cuddles in even tighter. The way he forms a Continue Reading

The Girl and The Tree

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My husband and my daughter planted a tree together last year. It was her tree. It was gnarly bare all winter long.  And then surprisingly on a late winter’s day, it blossomed. On her birthday. There was something about that girl and that tree. All synced in an intangible chord of nature. From then on she called it her ‘blossom tree’. This Continue Reading

The Thing About Mother’s Day

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The thing about Mother's Day is that people get annoyed by all the hype and commercialism. I do too. But this doesn't make me want to boycott it altogether. Because the idea of Mother's Day is actually a lovely one when you think about it. One day a year to celebrate mothers in the world. Old mothers, tired mothers, single mothers, lonely Continue Reading

Real Men Wear Skirts

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The boy is nearly two. He does normal nearly two things. He plays with dinosaurs, builds with blocks, and runs outside. And he cuddles teddies, pushes dolls in a stroller, and dances in a tutu. One morning last week he chose what he wanted to wear for the day, straight from the washing pile. And this is what he chose. He Continue Reading